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Indiana updates K-12 school guidance after CDC offers new COVID-19 isolation rules

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest isolation guidelines come as concerns grow about the omicron variant, and Indiana sets a new daily case record before students return to school after the new year.  - Jenny Lindsay/IPB News

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest isolation guidelines come as concerns grow about the omicron variant, and Indiana sets a new daily case record before students return to school after the new year.

Jenny Lindsay / IPB News

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Indiana officials updated K-12 school guidelines after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new isolation guidelines for COVID-19 cases this week, and concealment largely determines how long students have to stay home.

Indiana officials have said that unvaccinated students who have been exposed to COVID-19 in the classroom do not have to quarantine if they are not showing symptoms and everyone is wearing a mask properly. This is still the case.

But unvaccinated and exposed students outside school or in classrooms without masks must quarantine for at least five days. Vaccinated students can continue to attend school as long as they wear a mask for 10 days after exposure.

The state is recommending that students who test positive return to school after five days of isolation if they have no symptoms or their symptoms have improved — and if they go into hiding for another five days. If they cannot properly wear a mask when they return, they must stay home for the full 10 days.

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The state also recommends that students get tested after the fifth day after potential exposure, regardless of vaccination status or where the exposure occurred.

Guidelines for parents and additional resources about COVID-19 can be found on the state’s website.

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